Brielle Von Hugel – “Stronger” FT B.o.B, (Exodus and Sweet & Sour Remix)
Passion and talent rewards performers, but the discipline to overcome and continue pursuing your dreams is even more important. Brielle Von Hugel understands this quite well and her latest single “Stronger” is a testament to her continuing appetite for meeting life head on and depicting the results in her songwriting. Substantive pop like this is, unfortunately, rare. This Season 11 American Idol semi-finalist has the sort of voice posterity loves – equal parts charisma, range, power, and emotive skill. Von Hugel sounds comfortable with any material she turns her attention to – she inhabits this song just as completely as her work alongside Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, the score of YouTube covers she’s uploaded that’s earned her an enormous following, and brings a generous amount of her own personality to everything she touches. She, likewise, isn’t afraid to share some of her spotlight and knows that talented collaborators like rapper B.o.B., featured during the song’s second half, further enrich her presentation. “Stronger” will hit you like the proverbial ton of bricks.
Much of this is thanks to its physical and powerful musical arrangement. The production courtesy of New York based sonic architect Exodus gives the track a sleek, muscular shape that’s likewise full of immense musicality. The mix from House DJ’s Sweet & Sour artfully weaves the song’s various elements into this aforementioned brew and imbues the song with tremendous potency. The construction is flawless and shows a real ear for two crucial factors – it fashions a compelling pop framework for “Stronger” to succeed commercially while still surrounded Von Hugel and guest rapper B.o.B. with tangible musical strengths that go far beyond trying to appeal to the casual music fan. It’s an astounding combination that’s assured to knock out anyone who comes into contact with this performance. Hugel and her creative partners, furthermore, understand the necessity of not overtaxing the song with an extended running time and thankfully never waste even a single note in pursuit of their artistic and entertainment goals.
The lyrics never overwork the theme and use just the right amount of language to depict Von Hugel’s personal journey and reflections. B.o.B’s contributions have the same qualities and find similar expression. These are two artists who have the technique and convictions working together to give the subject matter note perfect treatment. Their respective vocals seal the deal. Hugel’s pipes have the sort of power and passion that even seasoned singers long to be able to manifest, but her phrasing shows finesse that sends it over the top. B.o.B.’s delivery has a cool confidence and head-held-high pride that complements her singing quite well. These two vocalists are as good of a match for one another, within this context, that you’ll h
ear in 2017. “Stronger” is thrill packed from its first second onward and shows immense artistry engineered by its talented creators. This is a team effort, surely, but Brielle Von Hugel leads the way from the start and stamps her presence on the song in a memorable way.